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  • Welcome to the CT Guitar Society

  • From Bach to Blues, Flamenco to Folk, the Society provides guitar enthusiasts with unique opportunities to hear and play the guitar in intimate settings throughout Connecticut.

    The Connecticut Guitar Society is a non-profit presenting arts organization. It is the largest organization of its kind serving the general public and classical guitarists by providing a forum for listening, learning, performing and teaching.

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  • Upcoming Event / Concert

  • Doug Maher Duo
    Sunday, January 19, 2020

  • 2:00 PM
    Windsor Art Center
    40 Mechanic Street
    Windsor, CT 06095
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    Doug Maher is originally from Windsor, CT. He has over 40 years of experience as a professional guitarist performing throughout New England, Washington, D.C. and South Florida. He began his career with "The Army Blues," the Jazz Ensemble of the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C. performing at The White House and in concert throughout the United States. Doug is currently the Adjunct Instructor of Guitar and Jazz Combo at the University of Connecticut. At UConn, Doug has backed notable guest jazz artist/clinicians Dick Oatts, Jeff Hamilton, Ernie Watts, Scott Wendholt, John Mosca and Rudy Royston. His notable recent performances include The Hartford CT Jazz Festival, the Ikutsk Jazz Festival in Ikutsk, Siberia, the Bozeman (Montana) Symphony Orchestra March 2015 premier of “Glacier”, a Concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra composed by Dr. Kenneth Fuchs. He has performed in Connecticut with “Blue” Lou Marini, Earl MacDonald, Ellen Rowe, Joe McCarthy, Ed Fast, Kris and Jen Allen, John Mastroianni, Matt and Atla DeChamplain, Matt Dwonszyk, Jonathan Barber, the New London Big Band, the Other Orchestra, the United States Coast Guard Academy “Guardians” Jazz Ensemble, and the UConn Faculty Jazz Quartet. Doug earned his B.M. (Jazz Guitar Performance) from Berklee College of Music, M.M. (Jazz Pedagogy) from The University of Miami, and Music Education Certification from Central Connecticut State University.  He is a retired public school music educator, and was the Band Director at Windsor High School from 1994-2005. 

    Lou Bocciarelli is in demand as a jazz, commercial and theater pit band bassist. He performs at venues and festivals throughout New England, with the Hartford Jazz Orchestra, New London Big Band, the Mystic Jazz Ensemble, the Al Copley Band, Bill’s Seafood Jazz All-Stars and many more groups. He has performed with such notable jazz artists as Phil Woods, Louie Bellson, Dave Brubeck, Donn Trenner, Bob Mintzer, Dick Johnson, Steve Allen, and more. Equally comfortable in the theater, Lou has performed in pit bands for shows at the Goodspeed Playhouse, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos. Lou is a resident of Griswold, CT.

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  • 2019-2020 Concert Season

  • Artist Lineup

    Alturas Duo <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, September 14, 2019</font>

    This program is a special event; it is a performance of a new work by the esteemed American composer Dr. Gwyneth Walker, who lives in Connecticut. This new work, Close to Home: Sounds of New England, was commissioned by Alturas Duo as part of its Vox Americana project with funding from New Music USA and support from the Connecticut Guitar Society. In reference to her piece, the composer has [...]

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    Guitar Day 2019! <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, October 19, 2019</font>

    A full day devoted to Guitar with workshops in classical, jazz, Brazilian styles, sight-reading, open stage, CGS Ensemble performance, luthier demo and plenty of guitar comradery. Guitar Day 2019 is an event sponsored by the Connecticut Guitar Society, the activities are open to the general public and guitar enthusiasts. Join us for a complete day of workshops and a performance by fingerstyle [...]

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    Joe Carter Intercontinental Trio <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, October 19, 2019</font><br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.50em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color: #818386&quote;>Guitar Master Series Concerts supported by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation</font>

    The Trio performs the music of Brazilian guitarist, Roberto Baden Powell de Aquino aka Baden Powell (1937- 2000), long recognized as one of the most important guitarists in Brazilian music history. He combined classical techniques with popular harmony and swing. He performed in many styles, including bossa nova, samba, Choro, Brazilian jazz and música popular brasileira. Special emphasis [...]

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    Raphaël Feuillâtre<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, November 3, 2019</font>

    Born in 1996, Raphaël Feuillâtre starts classical guitar lessons at the age of nine with Hacène Addadi at Cholet Conservatory. In 2012, he enters Michel Grizard’s class at the Conservatory of Nantes. Three years later, he is accepted to Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance (CNSMDP) into the class of Roland Dyens and obtains his Bachelor of Performing Arts[...]

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    Hot Club of Black Rock<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, November 23, 2019</font><br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.50em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color: #818386&quote;>Guitar Master Series Concerts supported by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation</font>

    Paying homage to Django Reinhardt. The Hot Club of Black Rock plays hot swing, or jazz manouche, the kind of jazz that was popular in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. Think the Moulin Rouge, or a cafe at four in the morning. Guitar (R) - William Earley William attended Naugatuck Community College, where he studied with Joe Beck (Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra) and later pursued guitar at the Musicians [...]

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    Doug Maher Duo<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, January 19, 2020</font>

    Doug Maher is originally from Windsor, CT. He has over 40 years of experience as a professional guitarist performing throughout New England, Washington, D.C. and South Florida. He began his career with "The Army Blues," the Jazz Ensemble of the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C. performing at The White House and in concert throughout the United States. Doug is currently the Adjunct Instructor of [...]

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    Eric Elias<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, February 9, 2020</font>

    Eric Elias is one of America's outstanding young guitarists. Whether performing as a soloist or with small combos, Eric's music represents a blend of jazz, blues, and folk music. He has been described as having a folk and worldmusic sound with a "straight ahead" style. Touring experience has taken Elias from London to Toronto and across the eastern and central United States, playing at clubs and [...]

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    Mark Nomad<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Sunday, March 1, 2020</font><br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.50em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color: #818386; line-height:0.85em&quote;>Guitar Master Series Concerts supported by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation</font>

    MARK NOMAD’S music has been heard on radio stations all over the world and has been used in commercials and in film. Nomad’s blues have been tempered by years of living and experience; expressed by the plaintive cry of a bottleneck on acoustic guitar or the driving funk of his electric band. The Nomad moniker was born in Chicago when he sat in with the Jimmy Johnson Band at B.L.U.E.S. [...]

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    Val Ramos Quartet<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold&quote;>Saturday, April 18, 2020</font><br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.50em; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight:bold; color: #818386&quote;>Guitar Master Series Concerts supported by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation</font>

    The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble is one of the best Flamenco fusion groups in the United States. Established in 1994, the group features the unique talents of VAL RAMOS (lead Flamenco guitarist), JOSE R. RAMOS (Flamenco guitarist), KRIS JENSEN (flutist and saxophonist), CARLOS HERNANDEZ CHAVEZ (bassist), ASHLEY JONES (violinist), and MATT MOADEL (cajon player/percussionist). The ensemble often [...]

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